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Professional Practices Series Editorial Board, Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Committee Chair Name: Allen I. Kraut                   Date, October 3, 2008
Professional Practice Series, 2008-2009 Committee Members:            

Adler, Seymour
Fogli, Lawrence
Kolmstetter, Elizabeth
Kraut, Allen I.
Lundby, Kyle
Lundquist, Kathleen
Macey, William
Rogelberg, Steven G.
Saari, Lise

As stated in the June 2008 report, the Committee’s Strategic Planning Goals can be summarized as:
  1.          Our primary goal is to put out a stream of books that attract a broad readership of practitioners drawn from I/O psychology practitioners, faculty and students, as well as a greatly increased number from HRM practitioners and policy–makers.
  1.          The second strategic goal is to ensure a broad international and global outlook in our Professional Practice Volumes. 
Updates or Comments from Chair:
1. Volumes in Progress         It is important to note that four volumes are currently in the pipeline and will continue under the direction of the previous Editorial Board, headed by Allan Church and Janine Waclawski. The tentative titles and Volume Editors are:
·        Talent Management by Rob Silzer and Ben Dowell,
·        Diversity and Inclusion by Bernardo Ferdman
·        Performance Management by Manny London and James Smither
·        Workplace Assessments by John Scott and Doug Reynolds.
            The current Series Editor has contacted all of these Volume Editors (and the previous Series Editors) to inform them of our two strategic goals, broader readership and international outlooks. They have all been receptive to these goals and plan to take them into account as they move forward.
2. New Volumes Being Developed
The present Board has supported and stimulated proposals for two new Volumes, now being developed. When the proposals are fleshed out, we will bring them to Jossey-Bass for a contract, etc.
A. The first new Volume is tentatively titled Going Global: Practical Applications and Recommendations for HR and OD Professionals in the Global Workplace.”  It will look at changes in mindset and practice when American-based I/O is applied to the global workforce. It is being developed by Kyle Lundby (a current member of the Editorial Board) and Jeffrey Jolton.
The proposal has just been sent to the Editorial Board for comment, and we expect to submit it to Jossey-Bass for agreement and a contract by November, 2008.
B. The second new Volume is tentatively titled “Technology Enhanced Assessments.”   It has to do with the broad range of technology-enhanced assessments for selection, promotion and placement. That would include internet tests as well as video, telephone, and richer, virtual reality (e.g., in the military) assessment modalities.  It will address the very latest ways of using technology to measure cognitive and interpersonal abilities, and address the very real problems associated with such new approaches.
It is being developed by Nancy Tippins and Seymour Adler (a current member of the Editorial Board). A formal proposal and outline is ready for the Editorial Board to review in early October.
C. I am currently in dialogue with Jeff McHenry and Lois Tetrick for a third Volume. This would be based on the presentations to be made later this month at the SIOP Leading Edge Consortium on Coaching. The talks and papers given there meet the criteria for the Professional Practices Series, as they are the latest applications of I/O thoughts and research into practice, and would be of broad interest. This is a very exciting prospect!
      In fact, such a volume could be a precedent for publishing the best, thoughtfully revised pieces of Leading Edge consortiums for years to come. Jeff McHenry has expressed some interest but plans to check with his sub-committee chairs and complete this year’s consortium before making a decision.
D. Owing to the long lead times involved in producing a volume, the first book under the current Board is not expected before late 2009.
3. Other Committee Activities
I had originally anticipated the Editorial Board would have a day-long meeting this fall, In order to select and encourage a suitable array of books in the following years to assess the areas where we can have a suitable impact, and lay out long-term plans.  This did not prove practical, and the Editorial Board will not have a formal meeting until next April’s SIOP meeting. In the meantime, we will use the internet to review current volume proposals and develop plans for the future.
Respectfully submitted,
Allen I. Kraut, Series Editor